Sociable Astley has put love into every inch of her farm, from the smart bedrooms to the spick-and-span livery yard. She’s just down the hall and will let you tinkle the Bechstein while she scrambles eggs from her own hens for breakfast.
Views look south over Exmoor National Park from a neat front garden; you can spend quiet moments here with a book surrounded by friendly dogs and quacking ducks, or potter around the lake.
Bring walking boots, and perhaps your horse, and enjoy being well away from it all – the clearest night skies, trails to walk and abundant wildlife to spot from red deer to birds. Drive nine miles to hike across the historic Tarr Steps or 40 minutes to lovely Lynmouth on the coast.